Having each impressed on their way to qualification for the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, tomorrow morning’s clash between Belgium and the USA is shaping as one of the most highly anticipated and well-contested fixtures of the tournament so far.
Overcoming an early deficit to sneak passed Algeria 2-1 in their campaign opener on June 18th; Belgium has continued to ground out low-scoring but effective wins, beating both Russia and South Korea by a solitary goal to progress to the knockout stages of the 2014 World Cup atop Group H.
For the USA, progression was almost guaranteed following their second 2014 World Cup fixture and was unlucky not to finish at the top of Group G. securing a comfortable 2-1 victory over Ghana first-up, the Stars and Stripes conceded an equaliser with the game’s last play when almost registering a famous victory over Portugal on June 23rd before just losing 1-0 to Group champions Germany most recently.
Leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best odds on the widest range of markets for all fixtures at the 2014 World Cup, including the Round of 16 clash between Belgium and the USA at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador at 6:00am AEST Wednesday.
The dark horse pick of many football experts to go all the way to the World Cup final prior to the tournament beginning, Belgium are currently featured as clear $1.95 favourites to win tomorrow morning, while punters who believe the USA are capable of a memorable upset can take advantage of $4.20 odds.
A talisman for the United States in each of their impressive performances at the 2014 World Cup thus far, Captain Clint Dempsey has found the back of the net twice; becoming the first American to score for his country and three separate World Cup tournaments when opening his account in the first minute of the US’s 2-1 win over Ghana. The Stars and Stripes go-to during attacking raids, the Seattle Sounders man is without doubt the most likely to score should the United States break Thibaut Courtois’s net tomorrow morning. Combine Dempsey scoring at any time with a USA upset victory for exceptional odds of $7 at Ladbrokes Australia.
A pivotal link between the midfield and forward line for club side Chelsea, Belgian weapon Eden Hazard set-up Jan Vertonghen to score Belgium’s winner against South Korea in their most recent World Cup fixture and is more than a chance of getting on the scoresheet tomorrow morning. Known for his long-range efforts on goal, odds of $4.25 are available for Hazard to score at any point against the United States and the Red Devils to win in regular time.
The Wincast market at Ladbrokes Australia allows punters the option to back any of their favourite players to score at any time along with their respective nation winning tomorrow morning. Marouane Fellaini scored a cracker to get Belgium back in the game against Algeria first-up, and was unlucky not to score a second just five minutes later when his effort crashed into the crossbar. With Belgium clear favourites to win tomorrow morning, punters may find value in a Wincast bet of Fellaini to score and Belgium to win at generous odds of $6.50.
So-far, three of six matches in the 2014 World Cup Round of 16 have been forced into extra time. With progression to the quarter finals offered to the winner and a plane ticket home to the loser, both Belgium and the USA will be aiming to maintain possession and heap the pressure on the opposition, in their own half. For this reason, a draw at the conclusion of regulation time is very possible, particularly from two teams noted for nailing the fundamentals of football rather than displaying flair on ball. Backing the method of victory may therefore prove a good betting option in tomorrow mornings match between Belgium and the USA, particularly when considering current odds. Belgium to win in extra time is currently available at a quote of $10 with Ladbrokes Australia, while the Red Devils sealing progression via penalties can be taken at odds of $11.
The winner of Belgium vs the USA will progress to a quarter-final meeting with either Argentina or Switzerland, who will also meet in the World Cup Round of 16 tomorrow morning.
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